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Selected Prose of Oscar Wilde   By: (1854-1900)

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Selected Prose of Oscar Wilde offers readers a captivating collection of essays, dialogues, and letters by one of the most talented and beloved writers of the late 19th century, Oscar Wilde. This diverse compilation showcases Wilde's wit, charm, and profound observations on various topics, providing readers with a profound insight into his unique worldview.

One of the most striking aspects of this collection is Wilde's exceptional writing style. His unparalleled ability to craft sentences filled with both elegance and humor is evident throughout the book. Each piece is adorned with carefully crafted metaphors, playful wordplay, and brilliant one-liners that are sure to leave readers in awe of Wilde's linguistic prowess.

While famous for his plays and poetry, this collection focuses on Wilde's lesser-known works, shining a light on his thoughts on art, aesthetics, literature, and society. He skillfully dissects the role of the artist in society, highlighting the importance of individualism and the rejection of societal norms. Embedded within his charming prose are profound insights that urge readers to question societal expectations and embrace their true selves.

Wilde's essays on aesthetics, in particular, demonstrate his passion for the arts and his belief in the transformative power of beauty. His discussions on the harmony between form and function, the importance of art for art's sake, and the relationship between the artist and the critic are not only thought-provoking but also offer a fresh perspective on the value of art in our lives.

Another noteworthy aspect of this collection is the inclusion of several letters and dialogues, providing a glimpse into Wilde's personal life and his interactions with his contemporaries. These intimate writings reveal his keen observations on human nature, his sharp wit, and his ability to engage in lively debates. Reading these dialogues feels like joining a fascinating intellectual conversation with some of the most influential figures of the time.

Selected Prose of Oscar Wilde is not just a collection of writings; it's a journey through the mind of a true literary genius. Wilde's ability to seamlessly interweave profound philosophical ideas with witty anecdotes and humorous asides is a testament to his incredible intellect and unmatched talent. The book is a treasure trove for fans of Wilde, as well as anyone interested in exploring timeless reflections on art, aesthetics, and the human condition.

In conclusion, Selected Prose of Oscar Wilde is a literary gem that offers readers an enchanting selection of Wilde's lesser-known works. With his signature wit, profound insights, and unmatched command of language, Wilde proves once again why he remains an iconic figure in the world of literature. This collection is a definite must-read for any lover of great literature and a testament to the enduring brilliance of Oscar Wilde.

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Preface by Robert Ross How They Struck a Contemporary The Quality of George Meredith Life in the Fallacious Model Life the Disciple Life the Plagiarist The Indispensable East The Influence of the Impressionists on Climate An Exposure to Naturalism Thomas Griffiths Wainewright Wainewright at Hobart Town Cardinal Newman and the Autobiographers Robert Browning The Two Supreme and Highest Arts The Secrets of Immortality The Critic and his Material Dante the Living Guide The Limitations of Genius Wanted A New Background Without Frontiers The Poetry of Archaeology The Art of Archaeology Herod Suppliant The Tetrarch's Remorse The Tetrarch's Treasure Salome anticipates Dr. Strauss The Young King A Coronation The King of Spain A Bull Fight The Throne Room A Protected Country The Blackmailing of the Emperor Covent Garden A Letter from Miss Jane Percy to her Aunt The Triumph of American 'Humor' The Garden of Death An Eton Kit cat Mrs. Erlynne Exercises the Prerogative of a Grandmother Motherhood more than Marriage The Damnable Ideal From a Rejected Prize essay The Possibilities of the Useful The Artist The Doer of Good The Disciple The Master The House of Judgment The Teacher of Wisdom Wilde gives directions about 'De Profundis' Carey Street Sorrow wears no mask Vita Nuova The Grand Romantic Clapham Junction The Broken Resolution Domesticity at Berneval A visit to the Pope


This anthology is dedicated to Michael Lykiardopulos as a little token of his services to English Literature in the great Russian Empire... Continue reading book >>

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